Andre Williams, RB, Chargers
2016 Outlook:Last updated on Jul-27-2016 by Shawn Childs
Andre's senior season at Boston College was impressive (2177 yards on 355 carries with 18 TDs), but it was a huge step up from his previous resume plus his success was helped by a powerful offensive line. Williams is a pure power back with very little wiggle. He looks stiff while running upright, but he has surprising speed (4.56 - 40-yard dash) for a big back (5'11" and 230 lbs.) especially if he breaks free at the second level. Andre will break arm tackles, and he finishes his runs with power. He has excellent leg drive with good vision. His hands had no value in college (10 catches for 60 yards- none in his senior year). BC ran a power I formation. His value could be hit or miss in the NFL as his style could get exposed by a poor offensive line, but he could be electric in the right offense with a plus blocking scheme. At the combined, his hands graded out better than expected. His value in the passing game still has low upside. In 2014, there wasn't a lot of excitement in the Williams' game in the NFL. He finished with the most RB touches (235) on the team, but Andre only averaged 3.3 yards per rush. Williams started to show growth in two of his last four games when he had a pair of 100 rushing games (24/131 and a TD and 26/110). New York gave him 20+ carries in three of his 16 games. In 2015, Williams had regression leading to only 89 touches for 264 yards with a TD and catch while averaging 2.9 yards per rush. He has a lot to prove in 2016.
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